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Old 01-11-2005, 06:48 PM   #1
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help picking flavor


Long time microsh*t user,and fed up with.And I`m ready for the switch to linux.
First off I`m going to have to buy it.because highspeed internet is about 5 to 6 years away.And downloading it at 28.8(and thats with a hardware modem) would take a very very very long time.
My computers are 1)amd 2400+ 64 bit
2)amd 900 64 clocked
3)old lap top with p3.
What we use them for excel,pictures,music,some games,cad,guitar programs (mixing programs mostly)and some very slow internet surfn`.
Where I`m have trouble is choseing which flavor would work for my needs.
And what type support product that i would need to use excel(my wife needs it for her work).
I hear alot of folks fussing about command lines.Wait till they get the newest worm from ms,it`s not removable.You have to go into DOS find it and turn it to a read only file.And I guess they never had a commodore 64.
That is just my answer to some of the post I`ve read looking into all the flavors.
How can something with so many choices be wrong.It has to be far better than this is all you can get.And every hacker in the world tries to kill the corp. giant and your just the bystander that it cost the most.
Any help would be great.I planing on double boting till I get feel for the new O.S. and get the bugs worked if any.
 
Old 01-11-2005, 06:57 PM   #2
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excel,pictures,music,some games,cad,guitar programs (mixing programs mostly)and some very slow internet surfn`
1: Excel: if the files are password protected or make good
use of VB you'll have to use cxoffice, otherwise
OpenOffice might do.
2: pictures:
should be a no-brainer, there's gimp and other tools.
3: music:
What do you do there? Listen?
4: games:
Which ones?
5: cad:
Could be a hard one, maybe again cxoffice?
6: guitar:
See 1 and 5
7: browsing
easy :)


Cheers,
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Old 01-11-2005, 09:30 PM   #3
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That takes care of the confict side of things......

What would be the best flavor for a beginner.

And one more thing that I can`t quite understand the differance between KDE & GNOME.
Is it mostly graphics or performance.
 
Old 01-11-2005, 09:34 PM   #4
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If you are new to linux and coming from winblows you should make sure that you have KDE. It has a similar GUI to windows and will make it easier to get used to linux. However if you want to get good at linux you should also install GNOME so that you can try it out when you have some free time. GNOME is for more advanced users.
 
Old 01-11-2005, 09:45 PM   #5
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Great!
Now which of the flavors of linuxs is KDE based.
And that should put me on my way to get rid of
windows and moveing on to the next level of personal
computing.
Thanks for the answers to my questions they have been helpful.
 
Old 01-11-2005, 10:13 PM   #6
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there are many distros to choose from which is one of the benefits of linux in my opinion Each distro has its own advantages and disadvantages. Picking your distro is a matter of preference. Some distros are easier to install then others. Many of the things that you want to do either come with the distro or can be installed, for free, afterward. Therefore what you should worry about is what hardware you have. Look in the HCL and find as many of your devices as possible. Find out if there are problems on any specific distros. If you find no problems you should start with a easier distro like mandrake or fedora core. Both of these are easy to install. The also partition for you. They will make it easy to dual boot. You will not have to use partition magic to create another partition for your linux os. Just remeber that when installing that you should tell linux to install in new partition and you should have no problem.
 
Old 01-11-2005, 10:34 PM   #7
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The two main KDE based Distro's are Mandrake and SuSE. Both have Live CDs so you can try them out and decide which you like better before you buy.

As far as the programs go Tinkster gave a good run down, but I'd like to add a little:

GIMP is really gor for photo editing unless you need professional tools ie. You need the speed you can get from a program like Photoshop that lets you customise your keyboard, and/or you work on photos for press output and need professional quality CMYK editing then there really is no replacement for Photoshop. If you don't fit into the above two catagories than GIMP will work wonderfuly.

For Sound mixing programs you should give Ardour a look it was designed to let you really mix sound in a professional way.
 
Old 01-11-2005, 10:49 PM   #8
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I`ve been digging around the closet to get boxes that my hardware came in to get the right model numbers and such.Both my boxs with the amd chips I built,so finding all that suff will be fairly ez.And I`ve been doing the homework on that part,I started my research on this over the weekend.I`m not one to leap before I look.That is why I`m asking my questions here,some of the distros are not real clear on some issues.
I`m off to the book store tommrow,maybe I can get my software and book.

Hopefully my next post be I`ve got it up and running

Thanks for getting headed in the right direction
 
Old 01-11-2005, 10:56 PM   #9
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nothing fancy on the photos,.we use the coputer to hold and print photos,we got a new grandbaby due next week so that means lots more coming.
thanks for the headsup on the mixer program,thought Iwas going to have to dust off the old fostex.I`m loving the ideas of this linux more and more.
 
  


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